[ovs-dev] [PATCH] Documentation: Add the Open vSwitch project charter.
blp at ovn.org
Tue Oct 24 16:33:07 UTC 2017
It always seems odd that this isn't in the repo, so this adds it, with
internal links properly directed.
Signed-off-by: Ben Pfaff <blp at ovn.org>
Documentation/automake.mk | 1 +
Documentation/index.rst | 3 +-
Documentation/internals/charter.rst | 204 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Documentation/internals/index.rst | 1 +
4 files changed, 208 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
create mode 100644 Documentation/internals/charter.rst
diff --git a/Documentation/automake.mk b/Documentation/automake.mk
index 6f38912f264b..6a2a169d3b21 100644
@@ -78,6 +78,7 @@ DOC_SOURCE = \
+ Documentation/internals/charter.rst \
diff --git a/Documentation/index.rst b/Documentation/index.rst
index 836c37fc3de9..904e4442b1da 100644
@@ -105,7 +105,8 @@ Learn more about the Open vSwitch project and about how you can contribute:
-- **Maintaining:** :doc:`internals/maintainers` |
+- **Maintaining:** :doc:`internals/charter` |
+ :doc:`internals/maintainers` |
diff --git a/Documentation/internals/charter.rst b/Documentation/internals/charter.rst
new file mode 100644
@@ -0,0 +1,204 @@
+The Linux Foundation Open vSwitch Project Charter
+Effective August 9, 2016
+1. Mission of Open vSwitch Project (“OVS”).
+ The mission of OVS is to:
+ a. create an open source, production quality virtual networking
+ platform, including a software switch, control plane, and
+ related components, that supports standard management interfaces
+ and opens the forwarding functions to programmatic extension and
+ control; and
+ b. host the infrastructure for an OVS community, establishing a
+ neutral home for community assets, infrastructure, meetings,
+ events and collaborative discussions.
+2. Technical Steering Committee (“TSC”)
+ a. A TSC shall be composed of the Committers for OVS. The list of Committers
+ on the TSC are available at :doc:`/internals/maintainers`.
+ b. TSC projects generally will involve Committers and Contributors:
+ i. Contributors: anyone in the technical community that
+ contributes code, documentation or other technical artifacts
+ to the OVS codebase.
+ ii. Committers: Contributors who have the ability to commit
+ directly to a project’s main branch or repository on an OVS
+ c. Participation in as a Contributor and/or Committer is open to
+ anyone under the terms of this Charter. The TSC may:
+ i. establish work flows and procedures for the submission,
+ approval and closure or archiving of projects,
+ ii. establish criteria and processes for the promotion of Contributors to
+ Committer status, available at
+ :doc:`/internals/committer-grant-revocation`. and
+ iii. amend, adjust and refine the roles of Contributors and Committers
+ listed in Section 2.b., create new roles and publicly document
+ responsibilities and expectations for such roles, as it sees fit,
+ available at :doc:`/internals/committer-responsibilities`.
+ d. Responsibilities: The TSC is responsible for overseeing OVS
+ activities and making decisions that impact the mission of OVS,
+ i. coordinating the technical direction of OVS;
+ ii. approving project proposals (including, but not limited to,
+ incubation, deprecation and changes to a project’s charter
+ or scope);
+ iii. creating sub-committees or working groups to focus on
+ cross-project technical issues and requirements;
+ iv. communicating with external and industry organizations
+ concerning OVS technical matters;
+ v. appointing representatives to work with other open source or
+ standards communities;
+ vi. establishing community norms, workflows or policies including
+ processes for contributing (available at
+ :doc:`/internals/contributing/index`), issuing releases, and security
+ issue reporting policies;
+ vii. discussing, seeking consensus, and where necessary, voting
+ on technical matters relating to the code base that affect
+ multiple projects; and
+ viii. coordinate any marketing, events or communications with
+ The Linux Foundation.
+3. TSC Voting
+ a. While it is the goal of OVS to operate as a consensus based
+ community, if any TSC decision requires a vote to move forward,
+ the Committers shall vote on a one vote per Committer basis.
+ b. TSC votes should be conducted by email. In the case of a TSC
+ meeting where a valid vote is taken, the details of the vote and
+ any discussion should be subsequently documented for the
+ community (e.g. to the appropriate email mailing list).
+ c. Quorum for TSC meetings shall require two-thirds of the TSC
+ representatives. The TSC may continue to meet if quorum is not
+ met, but shall be prevented from making any decisions requiring
+ a vote at the meeting.
+ d. Except as provided in Section 8.d. and 9.a., decisions by
+ electronic vote (e.g. email) shall require a majority of all
+ voting TSC representatives. Decisions by electronic vote shall
+ be made timely, and unless specified otherwise, within three (3)
+ business days. Except as provided in Section 8.d. and 9.a.,
+ decisions by vote at a meeting shall require a majority vote,
+ provided quorum is met.
+ e. In the event of a tied vote with respect to an action that
+ cannot be resolved by the TSC, any TSC representative shall be
+ entitled to refer the matter to the Linux Foundation for
+ assistance in reaching a decision.
+4. Antitrust Guidelines
+ a. All participants in OVS shall abide by The Linux Foundation
+ Antitrust Policy available at
+ b. All members shall encourage open participation from any
+ organization able to meet the participation requirements,
+ regardless of competitive interests. Put another way, the
+ community shall not seek to exclude any participant based on any
+ criteria, requirements or reasons other than those that are
+ reasonable and applied on a non-discriminatory basis to all
+5. Code of Conduct
+ a. The TSC may adopt a specific OVS Project code of conduct, with approval
+ from the LF.
+6. Budget and Funding
+ a. The TSC shall coordinate any budget or funding needs with The
+ Linux Foundation. Companies participating may be solicited to
+ sponsor OVS activities and infrastructure needs on a voluntary
+ b. The Linux Foundation shall have custody of and final authority
+ over the usage of any fees, funds and other cash receipts.
+ c. A General & Administrative (G&A) fee will be applied by the
+ Linux Foundation to funds raised to cover Finance, Accounting,
+ and operations. The G&A fee shall equal 9% of OVS’s first
+ $1,000,000 of gross receipts and 6% of OVS’s gross receipts over
+ d. Under no circumstances shall The Linux Foundation be expected or
+ required to undertake any action on behalf of OVS that is
+ inconsistent with the tax exempt purpose of The Linux
+7. General Rules and Operations.
+ The OVS project shall be conducted so as to:
+ a. engage in the work of the project in a professional manner
+ consistent with maintaining a cohesive community, while also
+ maintaining the goodwill and esteem of The Linux Foundation in
+ the open source software community;
+ b. respect the rights of all trademark owners, including any
+ branding and usage guidelines;
+ c. engage The Linux Foundation for all OVS press and analyst
+ relations activities;
+ d. upon request, provide information regarding Project
+ participation, including information regarding attendance at
+ Project-sponsored events, to The Linux Foundation; and
+ e. coordinate with The Linux Foundation in relation to any websites
+ created directly for OVS.
+8. Intellectual Property Policy
+ a. Members agree that all new inbound code contributions to OVS shall be
+ made under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (available at
+ http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0). All contributions shall be
+ accompanied by a Developer Certificate of Origin sign-off
+ (http://developercertificate.org) that is submitted through a TSC and
+ LF-approved contribution process.
+ b. All outbound code will be made available under the Apache
+ License, Version 2.0.
+ c. All documentation will be contributed to and made available by
+ OVS under the Apache License, Version 2.0.
+ d. For any new project source code, if an alternative inbound or
+ outbound license is required for compliance with the license for
+ a leveraged open source project (e.g. GPLv2 for Linux kernel) or
+ is otherwise required to achieve OVS’s mission, the TSC may
+ approve the use of an alternative license for specific inbound
+ or outbound contributions on an exception basis. Any exceptions
+ must be approved by a majority vote of the entire TSC and must
+ be limited in scope to what is required for such purpose.
+ Please email tsc at openvswitch.org to obtain exception approval.
+ e. Subject to available funds, OVS may engage The Linux Foundation
+ to determine the availability of, and register, trademarks,
+ service marks, which shall be owned by the LF.
+ a. This charter may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the entire
+ TSC, subject to approval by The Linux Foundation.
diff --git a/Documentation/internals/index.rst b/Documentation/internals/index.rst
index cf70f5566a06..39f7907311a7 100644
@@ -39,6 +39,7 @@ itself and how they might involved.
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